24 November 2009

Great Blog from a mil mom

I, for one, feel like this often, although I do try to help when and where I can. I know that I say "no" a lot more often than I used to and I don't volunteer for this as much as I would like. For me, this blog was encouraging.

From: http://www.spousebuzz.com/blog/2009/11/and-the-guilt-is-lifting.html

And the guilt is lifting
November 3, 2009AWTM
It has been a while since I have had anything to add to the conversation here at SpouseBuzz.
I think the last you heard from me, I was living in a state of perpetually broken down appliances. That pressure has seemed to let up a little for now. (knocking on wood)
I also am working again, which was HUGE. Finding an employer, that will work with a military family schedule is HUGE. It seems to help that the gentleman I am working for was former military.
Both of my children are also attending school now.
It is a complete new life for our entire family. This year felt like a huge jump for us. There are extra activities like Boy scouts, swimming classes, gymnastics, church CREW for the children. I mentioned earlier that I would need a system to organize myself, a HUGE magnetic calendar is on my refrigerator, along with a pocketed file for everything. It has helped immensely. I can be scattered.
With all of these additional activities there seems to be an influx of emails and notes, in which the school, church, or any number of people need assistance in some way. For the first time, I find myself capable of helping. When I had smaller children, it was almost impossible. In fact many of you with small children are nodding your heads. You want to help, but with small children and the childcare situation can be a puzzling one.
Instead of feeling guilt about not helping, I think it is imperative to note, that if you are caring for yourself, and children and doing the best you can in those arenas you are doing your JOB, ESPECIALLY if your spouse is deployed. Most Mothers have been there and done that, even without deployments, and understand. I will say I understand your feelings, and the guilt associated with not being in a position to help.
This year, since my DH is not deployed, my children are older, and I am not dead tired at the end of the day, I decided to become more involved. My Husband has been helping too. I seem to be able to gage my abilities and energies much better now with 5-7 hours sleep in my belt. I promise, it will happen.
I also think it is important to remember to enjoy what you are contributing, so it does not feel like a chore or obligation. Take your talents and take them into consideration. I for one, do not do well around LARGE groups of Kindergarten children for too long. Something about the noise, and motions, and the buzz they carry with them. It does me in, makes me edgy and a little overwhelmed. So instead of long days of volunteering, I tried my hand at hosting the fall party. (45 minutes felt like 10) I have also become the "treat bringer". The church needs snacks, easy enough. The classroom needs books. I can bake, and purchase a couple of books.
The purpose of helping others, is to do what you can when you can. You would be surprised at all of the things people can use help with. Many of those things may seem small, but they are not.
And with this, I am off to slumber. Something I recall not getting much of when I had children under 3. So to the Moms that feel bad for not being able to help because they are stretched thin...it is ok. We know you will when you can. We understand. It is OK to say no. You have one of the most important jobs on Earth.

07 November 2009

Recordable Hallmark Book

I signed up for the Hallmark rewards thing a few weeks ago when I was at one of their stores buying a card. I actually signed up just because it would save me 10% that day, but they send me emails about specials and such.

The email I received this week showcased the Recordable Book where you can record your voice reading the book on every single page. I immediately thought what a great idea this was for the little children with deployed parents. The deployed parent could record their voice on the book and then the child can hear/read that book whenever they want to hear their parents voice! And it's operated with batteries, so you don't have to worry about a connection failing or the power going out while you're on the computer talking over the webcam.

Anyway, for some reason I can't copy the link. So go to www.hallmark.com, click on "In Hallmark Stores", then click on "Gifts" in the column on the left hand side, then click on "Holiday Gifts" under that.

Or you could just go to a Hallmark store and ask them.

It sounds like a really great idea to invest in if you have a loved one that will be deploying soon. Or even for grandparents to do if they live far away from their grandkids. That's not a hint or anything, I'm just saying . . .

03 November 2009

Women of Faith

I went to the Women of Faith conference again this year at the Lord center. I went with the Tinker Chapel though, instead of our church. I got to sit with Nikki for the whole conference which was really neat. (I forgot my camera both days, so I have no pics to post).

There were a lot of really awesome speakers including Lisa Harper, Lisa Whelchel (who wrote the book that we're using in the PWOC Bible study small group that I'm co-leading with Nikki), Steven Curtis Chapman, Marcus Buckingham, Nicole C. Mullen (awesome, awesome singer/song-writer - it's so obvious that she is so in love with the Lord and I love how she takes verses like Rom 12:2 and turns them into songs), Sheila Walsh, Allison Allen, Marilyn Meberg and Luci Swindoll (Chuck Swindoll's sister). There was also a really great praise and worship team.

I have so many stories that I could share from the weekend about the speakers and what I learned from them. The chronology of Jesus and four of the women listed and what that really meant as taught by Lisa Harper was so awesome and I think I remembered the best. I knew the stories of Tamar, Ruth, Rahab and Bathsheba, but never thought about what that meant to first century Jews and not having to be perfect to follow Christ.

My little "story" from the weekend was actually through World Vision. I knew that World Vision would be there with cards for thousands of children to sponsor from around the world. So a few weeks before Women of Faith I asked Mike if it would be okay if we sponsored a child since we had the money now. He said "Yes, that would be great". Then I asked if we could sponsor a child from Honduras (more thinking aloud really), and he said that would be really great. Why Honduras? Because I was there two and a half years ago and even though I was only in Tegucigalpa and Mogote for a week, the missionaries and the people and the children have always been on my heart and my mind, almost daily in fact. So I really wanted to sponsor a child from there. Well, a few days later, I was laying in bed with Sophie in the morning and I got to thinking about how World Vision puts the orange bags with a child's card on every single chair in the complex and each card stands for an actual child that needs to be sponsored. And I thought about how I would feel if I gave that child back to the World Vision table to exchange for a child from Honduras. How could I possibly pass over a precious child because they're from Nigeria or whatever other country, instead of Honduras? I would feel so guilty - I couldn't do that and I didn't think we could sponsor two, so I talked to the Lord about it and I basically gave it up to Him. I didn't even know how I could pray about it so I just put the whole situation in the Lord's hands and didn't think about it until Nikki and I got to our seats at the Ford Center. I immediately reached for the orange bag and opened it up and looked at the card. And there was a picture of an adorable three year old girl. . . from Honduras! The Lord is so amazing awesome - He took my tiny little request that only mattered to my heart and answered it so completely and amazingly! The Lord completely blew my mind! What an awesome God we serve!! We know the Lord answers the big and huge prayers requests, but He also answers the tiny little requests that only matter to us, and to no one else. Jer 33:3 again! :D

So our little girl that we are sponsoring is named Dunia, and she is from western Honduras and she will be four years old in December. I can't wait to receive our package in the mail with all the information about her and start writing to her. Maybe I'll even learn Spanish so I can learn to write to her in her own native language over the years . . . I look forward to watching her grow along with Sophie and Edward and writing to her. It's so exciting! The Lord is so awesome!

Colors, compliments and more

Well, it's been a while since I blogged and a lot has been going on.

Dad came to visit the week before last and it was really great to see him. He got sick with a bad sinus infection while he was here, but thankfully he is on his way to recovery. After arriving back in Florida, he got a secondary lung virus, but is able to get some rest. Dad loved seeing Sophie and spending time with her. It was really cute to see him interacting with Sophie - I had no idea he was so good with babies. He did have two kids though . . . :)

And of course, he arrived home with Thomas, who is back from the Corps. Yay!!! It is so awesome to finally have Thomas home. He is definitely doing a lot better than before he left for Iraq. He's getting everything all set up to get an apartment of his own in the same apartment compelx as us and he going to get enrolled in school after that. The Lord has really blessed him and is allowing him to go to school full time without having to work by using the GI Bill. Thomas hasn't decided which school he's going to go to yet, but I know the Lord will lead him as he prays about it.

Last week Ruth was here visiting as Paul went to Florida as part of a missions sponsorship - they have a huge truck and can tow a large trailer, so he drove the trailer down to Florida to deliver supplies to the mission and orphanage in Haiti. It was really wonderful having Ruth visit and I miss having her here. She really enjoyed spending time with Sophie as well and Sophie really enjoyed spending time with Ruth. I think that Sophie misses her . . .

While Ruth was here, I was able to be freed up to do some necessary price comparing and shopping for washers and dryers and paint for our new house on base. Yes, we are moving on base, and last week they came and did the inspection and we received our keys - so the house is all ours! Yay! Anyway, back to shopping . . . do you have any idea how many different colors of paint there are out there to choose from? A lot!!!! For a person who really hates to make decisions, it was a bit stressful and very hard to sit and choose from so many colors.

I picked out the colors I wanted for each room and I taped up each little color sample square on the wall in the room I wanted a particular color. Luckily the brand I was going with had three colors per sample square. Then I would study the colors with the lights off and blinds closed (this was in the afternoon light), then the blinds open and lights off, then lights on and blinds open. Each time the color I liked the most in that light got a check mark. Then I would move all the colors to a different wall and start all over again. One can imagine how long this process took for each room - the living room, the kitchen/den, and all three bedrooms. The colors with the most check marks won and that was the color that I chose. If I'd had more time, I should have gone back and done this at night as well, but I didn't, so oh well. I did pick my final colors and got all my paint supplies and everything all bought. Lowe's, by the way, won out with the best prices over Home Depot and Sears. And they have a 10% military discount year round to boot. I didn't check WalMart prices.

As I was studying and thinking about all of these colors all week, I got to thinking about all the colors there are in the world and how wonderful a Creator we have who invented and gave us all of these brilliant colors. I started really looking at the world around me in a whole new way - as a world filled with vibrant color everywhere - from all the blues in the sky at any time of day (but especially sunrise or sunset), to the colors in the still-blooming flowers in our apartment complex to the beautiful fall hues of the leaves on the trees as they loose their pigment before falling to the ground. It is all so awesomely beautiful! I love to worship the Lord by admiring His creation. And I couldn't help but think how we humans have got nothing on the Lord when it comes to inventing or creating - even with all the wonderful technology and gadgets and things that we have, we still have nothing on God. It's unfathomable how brilliant His design in the world is.

On Sunday at church I received what I think is the best compliment I have ever received in my life. Willa Ruth, one of the ladies who is the head of the nursery department, who has been around children for decades, said that Sophie is the most secure child she has ever seen. It really was an affirmation to my mothering skills. I have done a lot of research and listened to advice from friends and health professionals and strangers and read articles and all of this kind of thing; however, when it comes down to it, I go by tuition and what I feel my child needs at the moment. I feel that I have taken bits and pieces from everything that I have learned from everyone and articles and research and formed my opinions and that's what I go by. And apparently it's working with Sophie.

I had my 19 week ultrasound the week that Dad was visiting. And Mike and I are going to have baby boy!! We've decided on the name Edward, after Thomas (his middle name is Edward). We're thinking about James for a middle name, but it's not a definite yet, just a very likely. He is getting more active every day, although he is still no where near as active as Sophie was in the womb. I'm really looking forward to meeting him! He kicks at Sophie when I'm feeding her in my lap, but she hasn't felt it yet. It will be interesting when she realizes that Mommy's tummy is kicking at her! And actually I felt Edward kicking me while I was driving around today, so I looked down, and I could see his kicks for the first time!! It was pretty neat! I can't wait for Mike to see them and feel them too! And when Ruth was here, he got really balled up near the top of my uterus, and Ruth was able to feel him. Definitely a really neat moment!

I really love being a mother and being a stay at home mom. I love the fact that Sophie and our little Edward (due in March) are going to be so close (11 months apart - almost 12 months). I am excited at the aspect of having as many children as the Lord will give us. I know that I wrote (I think I wrote anyway) when I was in my first trimester that I wasn't sure if I could have another child after this. The morning sickness was so terrible and it was so hard having an infant besides. I think that was a dark part of the night and now my joy has come in the morning. The Lord is so awesome! My first trimester was pretty bad, but after it was over, it has really been great. Physically I can do so much more than I could when I was pregnant with Sophie. I'm painting and running around doing things with Sophie and there is no way that I could have done in my first pregnancy. So I think that if and when I get pregnant again, I will just have do things differently in the first trimester, such as cook a weeks worth of meals in one day and freeze them, ask for more help, teach Mike how to cook, etc.

But anyway, I love staying at home with Sophie. We read books and we play and I try to teach things (although Michelle is a far better teacher than I and I have a lot to learn from her). I've started teaching her baby sign language and she is really interested in what I am signing to her. I'm looking forward to her learning the signs in the coming months. Right now we're trying new foods every four to six days and that has been so much fun. Sophie really loves to eat baby food and gets really excited when I put her bib on her, even if she can't see the baby food - she knows whats coming. Although the experience with oatmeal was downright hilarious (she didn't like oatmeal at all!) My favorite time of the day though is the first part of the morning when Sophie would wake up for her bottle. She just lays quietly in bed and coos or talks to her mobile or lately, plays with her feet, waiting for me to come in and get her. I fix her bottle and get her up and change her diaper, then we go back to bed together and she lays in my arm with her head on the pillow near my shoulder and I feed her. It's just such wonderful cuddle time for the two of us. Sometimes, more when she was younger than now, we would take our morning nap together - and I really loved that. Sophie did too. However, now that she is seven months old, I've been putting an end to that because I won't be able to do it after Edward arrives. I already miss it terribly . . . .

Sophie is sitting on her own very well now and loves to sit and play with her toys that I lay out all around her. She still loves to LoveBug doll that Ruth gave her. She also loves to bounce and play in her exerciser - and she can bounce and jump nonstop for an hour! We will definitely have to make daily trips to the playground when she gets older - she has so much energy! She was interested in crawling, until she discovered sitting, now she's content to just sit. She is starting to lean way forward to toys, and I read in Dr. Sears' book that is a step towards crawling, so that's good. She's still incredibly strong. And really tall and thin. She went back down to the 5th percentile the last time she was weighed, and is still in the 75th percentile for height. She fits into her 3-6 months pants waist wise, but not leg wise - they're too short. And I think 6-9 months are too big in the waist. It's a predicament .. . she is growing though and she definitely a thriving and happy baby! :D

Geert Wilders

From http://www.geertwilders.nl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1535&Itemid=1

Speech Geert Wilders New York, Four Seasons (Monday Feb 23, 2009)

woensdag, 25 februari 2009
Thank you very much for inviting me. And – to the immigration authorities – thank you for letting me into this country. It is always a pleasure to cross a border without being sent back on the first plane. Today, the dearest of our many freedoms is under attack all throughout Europe. Free speech is no longer a given. What we once considered a natural element of our existence, our birth right, is now something we once again have to battle for.

As you might know, I will be prosecuted, because of my film Fitna, my remarks regarding Islam, and my view concerning what some call a ‘religion of peace’. A few years from now, I might be a criminal.

Whether or not I end up in jail is not the most pressing issue; I gave up my freedom four years ago. I am under full-time police protection ever since. The real question is: will free speech be put behind bars? And the larger question for the West is: will we leave Europe’s children the values of Rome, Athens and Jerusalem, or the values of Mecca, Teheran and Gaza?

This is what video blogger Pat Condell said in one of his latest you tube appearances. He says: “If I talked about Muslims the way their holy book talks about me, I’d be arrested for hate speech.” Now, Mr Condell is a stand-up comedian, but in the video he is dead serious and the joke is on us. Hate speech will always be used against the people defending the West – in order to please and appease Muslims. They can say whatever they want: throw gays from apartment buildings, kill the Jews, slaughter the infidel, destroy Israel, jihad against the West. Whatever their book tells them.

Today, I come before you to warn of a great threat. It is called Islam. It poses as a religion, but its goals are very worldly: world domination, holy war, sharia law, the end of the separation of church and state, slavery of women, the end of democracy. It is NOT a religion, it is an political ideology. It demands your respect, but has no respect for you.

There might be moderate Muslims, but there is no moderate Islam. Islam will never change, because it is built on two rocks that are forever, two fundamental beliefs that will never change, and will never alter. First, there is the Quran, Allah’s personal word, uncreated, forever, with orders that need to be fulfilled regardless of place or time. And second, there is al-insal al-kamil, the perfect man, Muhammad the role model, whose deeds are to be imitated by all Muslims. And since Muhammad was a warlord and a conqueror we know what to expect. Islam means submission, so there cannot be any mistake about it’s goal. That’s a given. It’s fact.

This is Europe 2009. Muslim settlers calling for our destruction, and free speech on trial. All this is the outcome of a sick and evil ideology, the ideology that is weakening us, the surrender ideology of cultural relativism. It believes that all cultures are equal, and therefore Islam deserves an equal place in the West. It is their duty, the left thinks, to facilitate Islam. This way the cultural relativists paradise comes within reach and we will all be happy, and sing kumbaya.
The forces of Islam couldn’t agree more. Islam being facilitated by government is their agenda too. But they see it as jizya, the money dhimmis pay in order not to be killed or raped by their Muslim masters. Therefore, they happily accept the welfare cheque or the subsidies for their mosque or the money governments donate to their organizations.

This is just one example of cultural relativists and Muslim settlers having the same agenda. There is another. Islam considers itself a religion and therefore we are not permitted to criticize it. The left agrees. Although it hated Christianity for decades, now that Islam appears on the scene, they suddenly change course and demand ‘respect’ for something they call a religion.
Again we see the left and Islam having the same agenda: it is a religion, so shut up.

This all culminates in a third coming-together: nor the left nor Islam is in favor of criticism. In fact, given the opportunity, they would simply outlaw it. Multiculturalism is the left’s pet project. It is actually their religion. Their love of it is so great, if you oppose it, it must be hate. And if you say it, it is labeled hate speech. Now here is something the Islam can agree on.

This is the essence of my short introduction today: where the left and Islam come together, freedom will suffer.

My friends, make no mistake, my prosecution is a full-fledged attack by the left on freedom of speech in order to please Muslims. It was started by a member of the Dutch Labour party, and the entire legal proceeding is done by well-to-do liberals, the radical chic of Dutch society, the snobbish left. Too much money, too much time, too little love of liberty. If you read what the court of Amsterdam has written about me, you read the same texts that cultural relativists produce.

How low can we go in the Netherlands? About my prosecution, The Wall Street Journal noted: “this is no small victory for Islamic regimes seeking to export their censorship laws to wherever Muslims reside”. The Journal concluded that by The Netherlands accepting the free speech standards of, “Saudi-Arabia”, I stand correct in my observation that - I quote - “Muslim immigration is eroding traditional Dutch liberties”.

Now, if the Wall Street Journal has the moral clarity to see that my prosecution is the logical outcome of our disastrous, self-hating, multiculturalists immigration policies, then why can’t the European liberal establishment see the same thing? Why aren’t they getting at least a little bit scared by the latest news out of, for example, the UK. News that tells that the Muslim population in Britain is growing ten times as fast as the rest of society. Why don’t they care?

The answer is: they don’t care because they are blinded by their cultural relativism. Their disdain of the West is so much greater than the appreciation of our many liberties. And therefore, they are willing to sacrifice everything. The left once stood for women rights, gay rights, equality, democracy. Now, they favour immigration policies that will end all this. Many even lost their decency. Elite politicians have no problem to participate in or finance demonstrations where settlers shout “Death to the Jews”. Seventy years after Auschwitz they know of no shame.

Two weeks ago, I tried to get into Britain, a fellow EU country. I was invited to give a speech in Parliament. However, upon arrival at London airport, I was refused entry into the UK, and sent back on the first plane to Holland. I would have loved to have reminded the audience of a great man who once spoke in the House of Commons. In 1982 President Reagan gave a speech there very few people liked. Reagan called upon the West to reject communism and defend freedom. He introduced a phrase: ‘evil empire’. Reagan’s speech stands out as a clarion call to preserve our liberties. I quote: If history teaches anything, it teaches self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly. What Reagan meant is that you cannot run away from history, you cannot escape the dangers of ideologies that are out to destroy you. Denial is no option.

So, what should we do? Is this a good moment for freedom-loving people to give in or to change course? To all-of-a-sudden start singing praise of Islam, or proclaiming there is such a thing as a moderate Islam? Will we now accept the continuation of Muslim mass immigration to the West? Will we appease sharia and jihad? Should we sacrifice gay rights and women rights? Or democracy? Should we sell out Israel, our dearest ally, and a frontline state of Islam?

Well, my humble opinion is: No way, Jose!

I suggest to defend freedom in general and freedom of speech in particular. I propose the withdrawal of all hate speech legislation in Europe. I propose a European First Amendment. In Europe we should defend freedom of speech like you Americans do. In Europe freedom of speech should be extended, instead of restricted. Of course, calling for violence or unjustly yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre have to be punished, but the right to criticize ideologies or religions are necessary conditions for a vital democracry. As George Orwell once said: “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear”.

Let us defend freedom of speech and let us gain strength and work hard to become even stronger. Millions think just like you and me. Millions think liberty is precious. That democracy is better than sharia. And after all, why should we be afraid? Our many freedoms and our prosperity are the result of centuries of endeavour. Centuries of hard work and sacrifice. We do not stand alone, and we stand on the shoulders of giants.

Late December 1944 the American army was suddenly faced with a last-ditch effort by the Germans. In the Ardennes, in the Battle of the Bulge, Hitler and his national-socialists fought for their last chance. And they were very successful. Americans faced defeat, and death.
In the darkest of winter, in the freezing cold, in a lonely forest with snow and ice as even fiercer enemies than the Nazi war machine itself, the American army was told to surrender. That might be their only chance to survive. But General McAuliffe thought otherwise. He gave the Germans a short message. This message contained just four letters. Four letters only, but never in the history of freedom was a desire for liberty and perseverance in the face of evil expressed more eloquently than in that message. It spelled N – U – T – S. “Nuts”.

My friends, the national-socialists got the message. Because it left no room for interpretation!
I suggest we walk in the tradition of giants like General McAuliffe and the American soldiers who fought and died for the freedom of my country and for a secular and democratic Europe, and we tell the enemies of freedom just that. NUTS! Because that’s all there is to it. No explanations. No beating around the bush. No caveats.

Our enemies should know: we will never apologize for being free men, we will never bow for the combined forces of Mecca and the left. And we will never surrender. We stand on the shoulders of giants. There is no stronger power than the force of free men fighting for the great cause of liberty. Because freedom is the birthright of all man.

01 November 2009

Awesome Article about Halloween

Thank you Kevy for the article! I completely agree with everything in this article (although Mike does not agree with everything, just most). What a stand Kevy and her family are taking for Christ!

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2009/oct/29/dont-mark-halloween-baptist-pastor-urges/??cid=Facebook


Don't mark Halloween, Baptist pastor urges
By Ann Work
Posted October 29, 2009 at 11:08 p.m.


Some of the best haunted houses that Jimmy Dillon ever visited as a child were sponsored by Baptist churches.
But when the Trinity Baptist Church pastor was a teenager and began to grow in his devotion to Christ, a friend asked him a question that he couldn’t resist: Have you ever thought that Halloween might be something that Christians shouldn’t do?
Dillon had dressed up and collected candy on Halloween with his friends for years. But he accepted the friend’s challenge to study the origins of Halloween and its symbols.
Dillon soon became so firmly opposed to the holiday that he not only refused to celebrate it, but also decided never to engage in any of the typical “alternatives,” such as fall festivals.
Dillon preached a sermon Sunday on his convictions that Christians should not participate — or allow their children to participate — in anything remotely connected to Halloween.
But his greatest sermon may actually be his four grown daughters, none of whom celebrated Halloween as children and now have each made their own decisions as adults to steer clear of the holiday.
As he studied, Dillon discovered — and later taught his daughters as they were growing up — that Halloween can be traced back to 100 A.D. to the Druid Festival of the Dead, often called the Samhain festival, a Celtic celebration that focused on death. The Western European Celts believed that ghosts and spirit-beings paid visits on Samhain Eve (Oct. 31), because the barrier between the physical and spirit world was weakest then.
The ancient Druids, a priestly class of Celts, believed that Samhain, the “Lord of Death,” gathered souls of the evil dead. The Druids offered sacrifices, prayers and gifts to Samhain to attempt to lighten the punishment of the evil dead.
They practiced seances and began the teaching of Purgatory, an anti-biblical belief in a stopping-off spot — or holding place — before moving on to one’s eternal destination.
Halloween came to America in the mid-1800s along with immigrants from the Celtic areas of Europe. In the 1950s, the holiday took on a children’s theme as a day of fun, dress-up and candy.
“Everyone thinks it’s cute for Johnny to dress up like a ghost or a gruesome dead character,” Dillon said. “But where did that come from? The Celts hid themselves in ghoulish costumes or disguises so that wandering spirits would mistake them for one of their own and pass by without incident.”
Black cats were considered reincarnated evil souls that could see the future. Jack-o’-lanterns were carved out and adorned with a candle to frighten away evil spirits from one’s home. Bonfires originally were “bonefires,” where flames licked at the bones of those sacrificed to Samhain, the god of death.
The ritual of celebrating the dead involved skeletons, skulls, and corpses, and the ghosts, demons and goblins were introduced by the Celts because they believed they had special freedom to travel among the living and frighten them into submission.
Even the greeting, “Trick or Treat!” was a nod to frustrated dead spirits who needed to be bribed so they would feel welcome and not create havoc.
Then Dillon consulted the Bible to see what it said God expected. He learned that the Bible forbade having anything to do with necromancing, or contacting of the dead (Deuteronomy 18:9-14). Ephesians 5:11-17 warned believers to have nothing to do with the deeds or works of darkness, but to expose the darkness and walk in the light. Ephesians 6:12 confirmed the existence of evil so completely that it said a human being’s struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers and powers of darkness, “the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Romans 13:12 advises, “Lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
He passed on his research to his daughters, Kevy, Megan, Karyna and Rachel.
Kevy (Dillon) Bass, now 23, recalls asking her dad about Halloween when she was 6 and the family lived in Germany. “The dress-up looked fun and children got candy. He told me that just as we believe in God and Jesus, that there is also a devil, Satan. He pointed to those dressing up and said they don’t realize they are celebrating Satanism.”
Since then, she’s heard friends’ excuses that Halloween dress-up “is innocent,” or “My daughter just wants to be a fairy princess.”
But the evil of Halloween isn’t worth toying with, she said.
“It’s like cracking a door. If you don’t want something in, don’t crack the door,” she said.
She never felt like she missed out by skipping the Halloween traditions.
Megan (Dillon) Barrera, 21, said she watched a children’s audio series, Adventures in Odyssey, about the history of Halloween when she was a child.
“I knew even as a child that I didn’t want to be part of that,” she said.